Music Director Laura Jackson and Composer Zhou Tian bow for a standing ovation after the World Premiere performance of Transcend by the Reno Phil on April 27, 2019. Photo by David Calvert.


Thank you for your interest in the Reno Phil. Our mission is to produce inspirational symphonic performances of the highest quality for diverse audiences and support exceptional education, outreach and engagement programs. The Reno Phil began in 1969 and continues to perform classical and pops concerts across northern Nevada to nearly 50,000 people annually. Additionally, the Reno Phil has an education department that inspires 15,000+ students each year through a free afterschool strings program, four Youth Orchestras, a free family concert each fall, and much more.

The Reno Phil believes in the power of live music to uplift, heal, and bring people together. We are grateful for your support of live music and music education in northern Nevada. Your generous support creates a rich and vibrant arts and cultural scene for our community.

What your gift can do…

A grant of $1,000 provides a year of private lessons for a student.


A grant of $2,500 provides a year of tuition for 10 Youth Orchestra students.


A grant of $5,000 sponsors an orchestral work at a Classix concert.

A grant of $10,000 brings in an internationally-acclaimed guest artist.



4th of July Concert – The Reno Phil will present American Salute, a free concert on the 4th of July at Wingfield Park in downtown Reno. Each year the concert brings in over 3,000 people to hear Maestro Laura Jackson lead the Reno Phil Orchestra and Chorus as they perform a variety of patriotic and pops music. The concert concludes with a fireworks display choreographed to the orchestra’s performance. Funding from supporters allows the Reno Phil to keep this concert free and open to the entire community, which is important to fulfilling the Reno Phil’s mission of bringing symphonic performances to the widest audience possible. The concert has become an annual tradition for families and helps introduce many in the region to the Reno Phil for the first time. Goal: $20,000

Education Programs – The Reno Phil has five core education programs that reach over 15,000 students each year. As schools struggle to fund arts and music education, the Reno Phil works to fill in those gaps and ensure that new generations of children learn to play an instrument and become lifelong music lovers. Our education programs are continuing to grow as the need increases for additional music education resources. Support from donors assists with instrument purchase and repair, music rental fees, instructor salaries, busing costs for schools attending special youth-focused concerts, lessons, and more.

Operating Support – Ticket sales cover only a portion of concert expenses for the Reno Phil. Many elements go into producing a performance, including concert hall/venue rental costs, guest artist fees, musician salaries, sound, lighting, and more. Donors that give to general operating support are integral to the Reno Phil continuing to present live symphonic performances of the highest quality with world-renowned guest artists.

Contact the Reno Phil’s Director of Development, Michael Hicks, at 775-323-6393 to talk about these exciting opportunities at the Reno Phil.

To make a grant from your Community Foundation Donor Advised Fund, please contact a member of the Community Foundation of Western Nevada Stewardship Team at 775-333-5499.